Many times over my lifetime I’ve had very ill family members I’ve cared for, but I did not get sick. However, when I have not taken good care of myself and allowed myself to get over-stressed or over-worked, I become an easy target for whatever is going around at the time. I have found that the best overall approach is to keep the body in top working order so the germs have no place to go.
Let’s start by understanding that a cold or a flu is simply a flushing of toxins from the system. The body grows toxic and weak and becomes a home for yeast, viruses, bacteria. These microbes release additional toxins as they reproduce. They damage the surrounding tissue creating more breeding grounds for microbes and that is how infection spreads.
The symptoms of fever, runny nose, etc., are created by the body’s immune response to both inhibit the growth and spread of the microbes to flush the toxins from the system and clean up the body’s environment so there are no more breeding grounds. Therefore, the goal is to help the body detoxify and flush out the irritation. The faster this happens, the sooner you will be well.
Here are some basic things to do for colds and other acute ailments:
When you feel a cold or any acute ailment coming on, stop eating. This is usually easy to do because we tend to lose our appetite when we are acutely ill. If you are hungry, limit your intake of foods to liquids preferably fresh fruit or vegetable juices or soup broths. Drink plenty of liquids to flush toxins.
Do something to open the bowels. Drink some fiber, psyllium husks, or take some other type of colon cleanse product to clean the toxins out of the colon. This will also speed the elimination of toxins from other parts of the body.
Get yourself to perspire. If you are not up to going to the gym to use their sauna or steam room, you can easily do a sweat bath at home. Get in a hot bath with 2 cups Epsom salts to 1 cup baking soda and soak for at least 20 minutes. You can even add a pure, essential oil such as Tea Tree oil, or eucalyptus, or lemon. After the bath, put on some warm sweats, go to bed and pile on some blankets, drink plenty of liquids, and sweat the cold out.
Do not use antihistamines, cough suppressants, etc. Instead, use an expectorant and decongestant to break up mucus and help the body get rid of it (there are many natural choices available at your local health food store). If you feel there is fluid in your lungs, take one High Potency Garlic tablet.capsule with each dose of of the decongestant/expectorant.
I’ve gotten over colds in as little as a few hours following these procedures. Sometimes it takes a little longer, but it has always shortened the duration and severity of the illness.
It is true that herbs have some direct antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral actions but more importantly, herbs have the capacity to help rebalance the terrain in the body so that it is no longer a host environment for the microbes. So this is important: select remedies based on looking at your body and how it needs to be strengthened and not by the organism that’s inhabiting it.
Finally, your best remedy overall is a healthy body. Make sure you are taking core nutrients such as a vitamin and mineral combination, a good-quality Omega-3, and an something to keep the immune system in good order (various herbal combinations are readily available at any health food store).
We live in a busy world and because of that, we don’t always eat the right foods or get the rest we need. While we can’t remove all the stressors from our life, we can help our body to better deal with the issues. This is where the core nutrients come into play. Keep the body pumped with nutrients and don’t forget your children and spouse need these things too! And enjoy Great Health!